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    Turn On or Off Shortcut Name Extension in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Shortcut Name Extension in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off 'Shortcut' Name Extension for New Shortcuts in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Customization
    15 Mar 2015 Last Updated: 12 Sep 2017 at 19:38

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    How to Turn On or Off 'Shortcut' Name Extension for New Shortcuts in Windows 10

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    When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive and click tap on either Create shortcut or Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut), a shortcut to that file, folder or drive will be created with the - Shortcut extension at the end of the filename by default.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having the - Shortcut extension in the file name of newly created shortcuts in your user account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    This will only affect shortcuts that you create afterwards, and will not affect shortcuts that already have the - Shortcut file name extension.

    Shortcuts that already have the - Shortcut file name extension can only be renamed if you wanted to remove the - Shortcut extension from the shortcut's name.


    EXAMPLE: "- Shortcut" file name extension
    Name:  Shortcut_name_extension.png
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below will modify the values in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    link BINARY

    00 00 00 00 = off
    15 00 00 00 = on

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates

    Delete ShortcutNameTemplate string value



    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Shortcut Name Extension for New Shortcuts

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Shortcut_Name_Extension.bat

    download

     3. To Turn Off Shortcut Name Extension for New Shortcuts

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Shortcut_Name_Extension.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and unblock the .bat file.

    5. Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

    6. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    16 Mar 2015 #1
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    Thanks for that. I've been renaming these things for years...
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  2.    16 Mar 2015 #2
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    You're welcome Adam.
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  3.    19 Mar 2015 #3
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    it would be great ,if there was a tip for removing the arrow also ^_^
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  4.    19 Mar 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazem View Post
    it would be great ,if there was a tip for removing the arrow also ^_^
    Different than what this tutorial is for, but the tutorial below should work in Windows 10 as well.

    Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5.    19 Mar 2015 #5
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    many thanks bro ^_^
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  6.    19 Mar 2015 #6
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    You're most welcome.
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  7.    31 Aug 2015 #7
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    The -shortcut text extension was still tacked on to the shortcut when I chose Create a shortcut from the context menu. I thought I forgot to run the batch file on this build - but the mod was in the registry.

    I added the same attibute value pair to HKEY_Local_Machine (the batch file only has HKCU)

    REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V link /T REG_Binary /D 00000000 /F
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  8.    31 Aug 2015 #8
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    Hey Bill,

    That would be to set for all users. Unless the all users option was set, the tutorial should work for the current user only.

    I had the tutorial only use current user so that any user could set it for their account. The all user HKLM option would require to be signed in as an administrator to set.
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  9.    07 Sep 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Bill,

    That would be to set for all users. Unless the all users option was set, the tutorial should work for the current user only.

    I had the tutorial only use current user so that any user could set it for their account. The all user HKLM option would require to be signed in as an administrator to set.
    Yep & thanks.

    I posted just to bring to your attention the difference between Create shortcut (context menu for an object) and New ... shortcut. The former tacks on -shortcut unless the HKLM key is set, the latter works as advertised.
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